Gather your friends and family and venture out into the countryside to search the hedgerows for blackberries. Blackberries are quite hardy and have a long harvest season from June through November, reaching their peak in August. Archaeologists believe that blackberries have been eaten in Britain since prehistoric times and were probably gathered between July and August and then preserved, allowing them to be eaten through the colder months. Join in this ancient wild food tradition and gather your blackberries while the sun shines.
Look for blackberries that are just ripe, and therefore a little tart to taste as these will achieve a much better set than soft or over ripe berries.
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Really simple recipe. Jam tastes fantastic. Once I added the sugar, I needed to boil the mixture for 45 mins so that it set. Will definitely use this recipe again. - 24 Aug 2014
Really simple and worked really well. - 23 Aug 2014
Just given this a try. Seems simple enough, needed longer at the boil stage than I expected, but the "cold plate" test worked a treat. Need to get a funnel to get the jam in the pots though, jam everywhere!! Gah! Will report back after a week or so to see how its matured. - 03 Sep 2013